Games arcade plan sparks fears of crime

SHOPKEEPERS and residents have raised concerns about Andover’s first games arcade coming to the town, with fears that it will increase crime.

Test Valley Borough Council has received 33 letters of objection about the planning application for the adult gaming centre in the ground floor of 74 High Street.

However, planning officers have recommended that it is granted permission when it comes to the Northern Area Planning Committee on Thursday.

The former optician’s is a Grade II Listed building and is currently empty.

Plans include fruit machines inside the building along with a window display.

Andover Town Council has objected alongside Specsavers and residents in Andover, Penton Mewsey, Charlton and Tidworth.

Specsavers has said that the noise and disturbance associated with games arcades will affect the hearing tests that it carries out while there are also concerns that the proposed use is out of character with the Conservation Area and will encourage gambling.

Other objections refer to the number of betting shops already in the town centre, with most pubs and the bingo hall already providing fruit machines, while some have concerns that gambling plays a role in crime and suicides.

And one letter states: “Location on a busy thoroughfare is a temptation to those who perhaps cannot afford to spend money in the mistaken hope of getting rich quick and would show Andover as a no hope town unable to provide worthwhile shopping supporting people and the economy.”

Another says: “Such gamblers have bankrupted businesses and there are even cases of murder as a result of these machines.”

A further letter states: “Many of the clientele appear to be jobless and they should not squander their limited funds they have in this manner.”

However, the Northern Area Planning Committee report has said that the proposed change of use is considered acceptable and does not result in harm to the vitality and viability of the town centre.

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12:11pm Sun 14 Apr 13

lizferla says...

However, planning officers have recommended that it is granted permission when it comes to the Northern Area Planning Committee on Thursday.
HOW CAN THEY RECOMMEND ANYTHING, PRIOR TO THE MEETING??? HOW DO I GO ABOUT SECURING THE PLANNING COMMITTEES APPROVAL BEFORE THE MEETING??? DOES THIS COMMITTEE CONSIST OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN ANDOVER, OR PEOPLE WHO WANT IT SITED IN ANDOVER RATHER THAN THEIR TOWN????? PERHAPS THESE 'MEMBERS' NEED INVESTIGATING!
However, planning officers have recommended that it is granted permission when it comes to the Northern Area Planning Committee on Thursday. HOW CAN THEY RECOMMEND ANYTHING, PRIOR TO THE MEETING??? HOW DO I GO ABOUT SECURING THE PLANNING COMMITTEES APPROVAL BEFORE THE MEETING??? DOES THIS COMMITTEE CONSIST OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN ANDOVER, OR PEOPLE WHO WANT IT SITED IN ANDOVER RATHER THAN THEIR TOWN????? PERHAPS THESE 'MEMBERS' NEED INVESTIGATING! lizferla
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12:15pm Sun 14 Apr 13

lizferla says...

the Northern Area Planning Committee report has said that the proposed change of use is considered acceptable and does not result in harm to the vitality and viability of the town centre.
This really is a joke!!!!!!!!!!! How can they say this? How many people will be deterred from that part of town once it opens?
How can we expect businesses to open shops in top of town with that on their doorstep?
the Northern Area Planning Committee report has said that the proposed change of use is considered acceptable and does not result in harm to the vitality and viability of the town centre. This really is a joke!!!!!!!!!!! How can they say this? How many people will be deterred from that part of town once it opens? How can we expect businesses to open shops in top of town with that on their doorstep? lizferla
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12:27pm Sun 14 Apr 13

lizferla says...

Published on 14/04/2013 11:51

Police investigating the murder of a 19-year-old last night have arrested two teenagers.

The investigation relates to a stabbing near to the Olympia amusement arcades, in Foreshore Road, Scarborough at about 11.30pm yesterday.

The victim was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. What was that comment again about murder in arcardes being an exaggeration???? That could be Andover soon, great publicity for such a beautiful town.
Published on 14/04/2013 11:51 Police investigating the murder of a 19-year-old last night have arrested two teenagers. The investigation relates to a stabbing near to the Olympia amusement arcades, in Foreshore Road, Scarborough at about 11.30pm yesterday. The victim was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. What was that comment again about murder in arcardes being an exaggeration???? That could be Andover soon, great publicity for such a beautiful town. lizferla
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9:39pm Mon 15 Apr 13

Mikeyunibournemouth says...

"Andover as a no hope town unable to provide worthwhile shopping supporting people and the economy."

You have to love this comment in the article. I don't if anyone has realised but Andover is a no hope town that is not able to provide worthwhile shopping.

The only businesses that seem to do any real trade in Andover are the three remaining petrol stations as people rush to fill up their cars so that they can visit decent towns / cities such as Newbury, WInchester, Basingstoke and Salisbury all of which provide proper shopping facilities.
"Andover as a no hope town unable to provide worthwhile shopping supporting people and the economy." You have to love this comment in the article. I don't if anyone has realised but Andover is a no hope town that is not able to provide worthwhile shopping. The only businesses that seem to do any real trade in Andover are the three remaining petrol stations as people rush to fill up their cars so that they can visit decent towns / cities such as Newbury, WInchester, Basingstoke and Salisbury all of which provide proper shopping facilities. Mikeyunibournemouth
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